Herbs for Dandruff Control
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Michael
Posted on: September 18, 2004

Do you have an effective drug to treat hair problems?

The history of my hair problems is that it started falling and leaving my head bald at the age of 15 years. After several years of desperate attempts to treat the hair using artificial drugs, the hair finally grew, but still weak leaving some parts of the head bare. Most doctors believe the problem could have been in the blood because all the body hairs was affected. E.g., the pubic, the armpit hair, the eye lashes etc. Still the greatest problem was the appearance of chronic dandruff in the hair. I personally have used your drugs and I found them excellent. If you could have a drug to solve the hair problem and which will cure dandruff, please let me know. It may be in form of ointment or any form as you might advice but I wish to get a drug which will bring a permanent results instead of using it every day of your life. Please if you have such drug which will solve this problem and which will enhance hair growth and make it very strong and nourished. Also tell me the cost of such drug if you have it in stock. Thank you in advance.

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Thomas Bartram, in “Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine” (available at Richters) suggests the following herbs: clary sage, burdock root, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, sage, southernwood, thyme and peppermint. These can be taken as teas made from fresh or dried herbs, or in fluid extract or tincture form. Richters sells the dried herbs and the fluid extracts of most herbs. Rosemary, sage, lavender, thyme and peppermint can be used as teas. The others are strong tasting and would be better as tinctures or fluid extracts.

Bartram suggests the following as a hair conditioner for dandruff: live yogurt (yogurt with active bacterial cultures). Rub into scalp after washing and rinsing. Leave 15 minutes and rinse with warm water. Finally rinse the hair with 1 part cider vinegar to 10 parts water.

Shampoos: Bartram suggests rosemary, sage and thyme. These would be made by adding a strong tea of one of these herbs, allowing it to cool, then adding it to glycerin or a pure castile liquid soap. The resulting product must be refrigerated in a capped bottle and used within 2 weeks.

Your diet should include nuts and seeds for the oils that they provide. Dairy products should be eliminated, because they are often the cause of skin problems, including dandruff.

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